It's a measure of the man to read the length of this thread and others regarding him. What a thing, to have touched so many. What a life well-lived. I didn't know him at all, but clearly saw his shadow all across this site. On one of my first posts, I was upset about something musical and expressed it in an awkward way. I was mugged by posters in the hundreds, many of whom misread or didn't read what I had said. Rick was one of the few to recognize the compassion I had tried to express, support my feelings and gently suggest that I take the edge off my message. Practicing peace, I think they call it. I'm very sorry he has passed, but very impressed that he has lived.